Picked up this reference on a US website. how come we haven't heard about it before? sounds like those who claim to be looking after our interests are falling down on the job again. the implications are very worrying.
They're just bringing in rules to reflect what we do anyway with regard to ships. The trouble with changing it in the way implied is that any twat in a powered craft will be able to zoom towards us and claim we shouldn't impede them. In the last ten years I have almost been run down by a)a speed cat b) a fishing boat , both timeswhen I was barely moving and couldn't manouvre out of their chosen path. In the case of the fishing boat it was doing abt 9 knots with no one on the bridge... they were all preparing nets on the stern. Would this now be my fault?
Don't know why you can't see it but I can, Peter. Here it is pasted
<<IMO's first task when it came into being in 1959 was to adopt a new version of the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS), the most important of all treaties dealing with maritime safety.
IMO is also responsible for framing the International Regulations for Prevention of Collision at Sea (IRPCS). The next major revision of the IRPCS is due for implementation on 1st January 2009 and represents the first major revision of the rules for 47 years. It is felt by the international seafaring community that changes are required to reflect the advances in navigation and collision avoidance technology.
The principal changes affect right-of-way rules. In particular vessels under 20 metres overall will be required not to impede larger vessels at all times. The requirement for power vessels to give way to sailing vessels will cease.
During the consultation phase of the change process, vessel operators and organisations involved in maritime operations may make representation to the IRPCS committee by email: email@example.com>>
Why does this change need to be made, presently we cannot impede a powered vessel restricted in a channel or a TSS. Yet on open water we will be expected to move out of the way for Dianna II who decides to aim at us.
How will this effect the use of motor-sailing cones?
Will sail now give way to power or will it depend on who is to starboard?
By the way how do you define impede? I just finished my YM theory and the instructor was firmly of the opinion that causing a ship to change course a few degrees in a 5 mile wide TSS lane (if there are no other vessels around) does not impede his progress. I don't think I would like to try that one in practice.
I think the answer to your question about those who claim to be looking after our interests falling down on the job again(?) lies in the e-mail addy at the end of what appears to be a bogus paragraph. Look again, and you will see it ends in "con". Reckon you might have been. /forums/images/graemlins/blush.gif
Refrained from responding as I was well aware of the date!
SWMBO hates parrots (I rather like them) and is away at the moment. She called me first thing and I persuaded her we had a visitor in our porch- a young African grey parrot. I'd taken it in over night and it was now treating me as its mum following me everywhere. She wasn't too happy when I said I was going to get a cage, but reluctantly agreed to phone the RSPCA for me to find out how to look after it. 'We'll have to give it a name' I told her then suggested John Paul might be fitting.
She just called me back to find out how JP is getting on and some lengthy advice from the RSPCA.